U.S. Congress wraps up work on bill carrying out 9/11 Commission recommendations

Calls for screening all passenger plane cargo within three years


But supporters, mainly Democrats, insisted the technology exists and that, considering the unthinkable devastation of a nuclear attack, a nuclear device must be detected before it reaches an American port. The provision gives the Homeland Security secretary authority to extend the five-year deadline in two-year increments if the system is not ready.

The bill also requires the screening of all passenger plane cargo within three years and changes the formula for distributing federal grants so that high-risk states and cities receive more.

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The bills are H.R.1 and S.4

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